Age is just a number. Yet, for women over fifty, between menopause, not remembering why you entered a room, aching joints, and searching for the most effective hot flash relief, it can sometimes be hard to believe that sentiment.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things women over fifty can do to continue living a comfortable, exciting life.
Here are ten ways women over fifty can continue to love life:
- Drink More Water
While everyone needs to stay hydrated, it is especially vital for women over fifty to drink more water.
Water helps your body with many different functions that can be harder for your body to perform as you get older:
- Transporting nutrients
- Flushing waste through kidney function
- Lubricating joints
The more help you can give your body in these areas, the better. Fortunately, the answer is simple and, for most, readily available.
- Keep Networking
Even if you are counting the minutes to retirement or are already retired, you should continue to network.
While you might not be networking for job prospects, networking offers plenty of social opportunities that keep you engaged and plugged into your community. Plus, through consistently networking, you can meet new friends and gain the opportunity for new experiences.
- Own Your Age
Age can be a sore subject for men and women equally. However, for women, the physical changes can be a lot more noticeable. Not only do women over fifty notice the inevitable signs of aging, but they also go through menopause. This life change causes their emotions to do somersaults, which can be extremely difficult at an already emotional time.
To make these changes easier, women over fifty need to own their age. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, own your age. You have gone through a lot in your life. You have collected a lot of wisdom. Own that and look for reasons to be thankful.
If you continue to focus on the positive, you will always have a reason to smile.
- Have Fun
Never allow yourself to think you are “too old” to have fun. Nearing retirement and having the time to do everything you want to do is what you’ve worked toward your entire life.
So, play with the grandkids. Go on that adventure. Eat dessert first.
Do whatever makes you happy, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise because you have earned it.
- Separate Yourself From Drama
Yes, you want to be a no drama mama! Life after fifty for women should be fun and carefree. You have plenty of time to enjoy your life, but what you do not have time for is petty squabbles, drama, and perpetually trying to please others.
At this point in your life, all you need to worry about is you.
Remember, a body in motion stays in motion. You don’t have to run a 5K or bike the Tour de France (unless you want to). However, you do need to stay active.
You could do yoga, walk every day, do a traditional workout routine, dance, or rollerblade. It doesn’t have to be something you dread. Instead, make it fun. The only thing it needs to do is keep your body moving.
- Don’t Smoke
If you do smoke, stop. The American Lung Association says that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease.
Even if you’ve smoked most of your life, stopping now will still help you live a longer and more fulfilling life.
- Enjoy a Regular Massage
Massages are key to helping you relax, de-stress, and naturally manage back pain. Plus, there is nothing better than a good massage. Getting a massage gives you time for yourself. You can think in a quiet place during a massage, or you can just enjoy the silence.
With all the distractions in life, it is hard to find a place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Getting a massage is a perfect time to have that one-on-one, uninterrupted alone time with yourself.
- Get Involved in Something You Care About
You can get involved in a cause, volunteer, or join a club. Whatever you do, though, do it for yourself. Whether it is something you have always wanted to do or a new hobby, try it! You never know what opportunities will come your way.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Express Your Feelings.
Life is strange. Often, people take feelings for granted. Of course, your adult children and your partner know you love them, but there is beauty in expressing that love. Tell those you care about how you feel.
Don’t be afraid to say “I love you,” because the older you get, the more you realize that all you have is that moment. Not a second in this world is guaranteed. So, make the best of it and do your best to encourage loved ones to make the best of it too.